WOOSTER The 30th annual Run for Relief will be at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 6 at 7:30 a.m. The 1K race starts at 7:30 a.m. followed by the 5K event kicking off at 8 a.m. The event is open to all runners or walkers, according to a news release.
The starting line is in front of the new event center on the Fairgrounds. You can also register the day of the event at the fairgrounds.
This year, all the money raised will be donated to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to purchase mosquito nets for families in Africa. The 2022 Run 4 Relief will highlight the need for mosquito nets to keep all families healthy.
Families in countries like in Burkina Faso or the Congo don’t have access to repellent sprays or lotions. Some mosquitos bring deadly diseases like malaria or dengue fever. When you give a gift of a mosquito net, it ensures that all families have holistic health support.
In countries in Africa, a mosquito net can prevent people from contracting malaria and dengue fever. Through MCC, families like Habibou Diandé’s young family in Burkina Faso, will have access to a high- quality mosquito net to help prevent malaria and other mosquito-borne illnesses.
Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that in 2020, 241 million cases of malaria occurred, and 627,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Since many countries with malaria are already among the poorer nations, so the disease maintains a vicious cycle of disease and poverty.
For those of you who have younger children or folks who prefer a shorter distance and want to support MCC, the 1K Fun Run is for you. This event will not be timed, and no awards will be given to those who finish first, middle or last. Everyone who participates in this event will receive a t-shirt.
Please remember to bring your water bottles. Gatorade and water will be available at the run.
Every participant will receive a t-shirt and the top 6 overall runners will receive an award. Age awards will also be given. All proceeds will be given to MCC to purchase mosquito nets for families.
Registration fees will be paid by the participant. Registration is open at www.givesignup.org/Race/OH/Wooster/OhioMCCRun4Relief1K5KRun. Or by going on the Ohio Mennonite Relief Sale website at https://ohiomccreliefsale.org/ and looking under Live Events for the Run for Relief.